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FEB 2019

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MILITARY SPOUSE ® MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY VIQTORY, A SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN'S BUSINESS ENTERPRISE. 420 ROUSER ROAD, BUILDING 3, SUITE 101, MOON TOWNSHIP, PA 15108, TEL: (412) 269-1663 X164, FAX: (412) 269-1646. THE INCLUSION OF ADVERTISING IS CONSIDERED A SERVICE TO SUBSCRIBERS AND IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF THE PRODUCTS NOR CONCURRENCE WITH ADVERTISING CLAIMS. MILITARY SPOUSE® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF VIQTORY, COPYRIGHT © 2004-2019. NO PART OF THE MAGAZINE MAY BE REPRODUCED BY ANY MEANS WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF VIQTORY. VIQTORY IS AN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER AND IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH OR SPONSORED BY THE U.S. MILITARY. THE MILITARY SPOUSE® CAMOUFLAGE PATTERN HEART, PRODUCTS, PRODUCT DESIGNS, PRODUCT NAMES, TRADEMARKS, TRADE DRESS, LOGOS, DESIGNS, IMAGES, BOTH PHYSICAL AND COLOR DESIGNS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES ARE THE REGISTERED OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED PROPERTY OF VIQTORY. ANY FORM OF UNAUTHORIZED USE IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND CONSIDERED INFRINGEMENT, AND I S PUNISHABLE BY LAW. Like Facebook.com/MilitarySpouse to get great tips and ideas, plus connect with other milspouses. Email us your story ideas at social@militaryspouse.com for a chance to be published. Follow us on Instagram! We're uploading photos from all aspects of milspouse life. Shoot us a message or tag us in your post for a chance to get your photos shared on our account! @militaryspousemag We're always tweeting. Follow us to keep up with military spouse lifestyle news. @MilSpouseMag F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 / V O L U M E 1 5 / I S S U E 2 Scan to visit MilitarySpouse.com Follow us on Pinterest for the latest imagery and ideas that inspire military spouses. MilSpouseMag STAY CONNECTED! Cover photography by: Princess Johnson, Photography by Princess, photographybyprincess.com MilitarySpouse.com / Email: customer_service@militaryspouse.com 26 31 16 18 M i l i t a r y S p o u s e® Te a m Managing Editor Janine Boldrin Lead Art Director Joe Maiocco Digital Marketing Specialist Kariah Manwaring Customer Service Manager Courtney Miller C o n t r i b u t i n g Wr i t e r s Kristi Adams Whitney Armstrong Joan Brown Faith Cooper Brunella Costagliola Valli Vida Gideons Chef Patty Greco Iris Green Natalie Hayek Amanda Huffman JJ Montanaro Katie Wallace L e a d e r s h i p President Sean McAlister VP Business Development Scott Shaw MILITARY SPOUSE S I M P L I F Y I N G Y O U R C R A Z Y , W O N D E R F U L M I L I T A R Y L I F E ¨ Editor's Note Streng th .......................................... 6 O ur Live s A Silent Story Choosing the words to share about our son, Sam. ............................................. 14 Strong Enough After three decades, one senior spouse reflects on what helped her thrive as a military spouse............................................. 18 Divided? A look at the situations and issues that com- plicate relationships between female service members and female military spouses. .......... 22 Suiting Up How one nonprofit answers the call when service members need civilian businesswear. ............ 24 What We Love Power In Community A program with a focused mission—making you stronger! ............................ 8 Food + Fun = You + (Who?) Perfect ideas for this Valentine's Day! ................ 10 I Heart Wine ............................................................. 26 8 US Vacation Destination Ideas Wondering where to go when it's time to take a break? Try one of these military-friendly locations. .................................... 31 Good Advice Couples Counseling After two decades of military life, it was time for a marriage tune-up. .. 16 Do This Not That What you need to know before you move overseas. ........ 28 Is This a Good Place to Buy? Get inside information when assessing a housing market site unseen. ...................... 30 Building My Business How I went from struggling to success after ditching a job I hated. ..................... 32 Calling All Couples: Six ways to set yourself up for financial success (and harmony). ................ 34 Darryl L . Williams Sales Manager e: darryl.williams@viqtory.com p: 412-758-7601 For more information about advertising opportunities, please contact: 4 MILITARYSPOUSE.COM / FEBRUARY 2019

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